Opening: Toronto International Film Festival, September 2012
Single channel HD colour video, 5.1 sound
17 minutes 28 seconds
Director: John Akomfrah
Producers: Lina Gopaul and David Lawson
Peripeteia takes as its starting point two drawings by the 16th century artist Albrecht Dürer, Head of a Negro Man (1508) and Portrait of the Moorish Woman Katharina (1520).
The portraits – one of a bearded black male, the other of a black woman wearing a close fitting bonnet – are among the earliest Western representations of black people, their existence now “lost to the winds of history”.
These elusive characters evolve into the film’s ghostly protagonists, wandering in a contemporary moorland landscape, the past insinuating itself into the present.
Peripeteia is the first part of a proposed trilogy that creatively looks at the traces, appearances and disappearances of early African life in Europe.
Toronto International Film Festival